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Franck Muller Vintage Curvex 7 Day Power Reserve

by Jonathan Fairfield
28 December, 2012
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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Franck Muller is one of those watch brands that make it so easy for you to like them. Their stylish and accurate timepieces have been enjoyed by watch lovers the world over and following the launch of the Franck Muller Vintage Curvex 7 Day Power Reserve, this doesn’t look like it’s about to change any time soon.

First unveiled at Monaco’s World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie & Jewellery back in October 2012, the latest edition to the Vintage collection has been created completely in house with all of its parts originating predominantly from Geneva and the surrounding area. Revealing beautifully crafted lines and a balanced design, the Vintage Curvex certainly doesn’t look out of place alongside the other timepieces in Franck Muller collection.

The heart of the timepiece is undoubtedly its calibre FM1700 mechanical with its winding movement, which features 213 moving parts and operates at 18,000 vibrations per hour.

In a design that is all about corners and curves the bridges have been fashioned in such a way that provides a nice harmony between the two. Upon the brass arches you will also find the Cotes-de-Geneve stripes and bearings that have been embellished with 27 red rubies.

The Vintage Curvex 7 Day Power Reserve is available in pink gold with or stainless steel a choice of either a white or inked enamel shaded dial. Whilst there is no doubt that the design of the watch is pretty tasty, a possible bone of contention for some might be to do with the design of its power reserve display.

Despite featuring an additional barrel for improved performance, it could be argued the display looks like it has been squashed between the positions of 10 and 11 o’clock and therefore doesn’t offer the wearer the best in terms of readability.

However, take nothing away from the fact that this a great looking watch and would be a worthy addition to even the most comprehensive of collections. It also features the use of numbers to indicate power levels, rather than a more traditional ‘empty to full’ display.

At the position of 6 o’clock is where you will find the seconds sub dial. The watches case back has brushed with crystal glass which helps to display the intricacies of it movement.

Specifications

Dimensions: 31mm diameter. 5mm height.

Movement: Calibre FM1700, mechanical with manual winding, featuring two barrels, with a Breguet manufactured hairspring. 7 day power reserve, with an 18,000 vph balance frequency. It also features 213 components and 27 jewels.

Display: Hours and minutes with a seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock. The power reserve is located between 10 and 11 o’clock

Water Resistance: 3ATM

 

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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